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MSR Elixir 2

©Earl Harper

Price:

$649

Our Rating:

MSR’s Elixir 2 is a versatile and durable tent that can handle a wide variety of conditions.

With a trail weight of 2.1kg it’s on the heavy side, but with that comes an assurance of durability and confidence that it will handle rougher terrain.

Quickly pitched, the inner and fly are supported by an overlapping butterfly configuration of poles, along with one extra short pole that tensions the ceiling. This arrangement sheds water and snow, and helps prevent large areas of unsupported fabric. Like most three-season tents, resistance to very strong winds is its Achilles heel, but this model copes reasonably well and attaching extra guy lines (not supplied) would improve stability.

The inner has sections of mesh for improved breathability, but maintains a much higher proportion of more windproof nylon. This results in a tent that’s still comfortable in warm weather, but also very capable in colder conditions, including winter.

I liked that it’s possible to partly unhook and roll back the fly for views of the night sky through the roof mesh.

Large twin entrances and vestibules add to this tent’s practical value for long term use.

The Elixir 2 is best suited to longer duration trips where durability and general comfort of day-to-day living are a priority over absolute weight savings (it has a floor area of 2.69m²). A sturdy fly and 3000mm rated floor ensure a hard-wearing product.

A footprint is also included – a bonus which further enhances the value of what is already a very well priced tent.